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This review is from: Thermaltake Notebook Cooler Massive 14
Pros: Runs in a USB cable, dual fans, fairly quiet, multiple speeds, LED's can be turned off, more uses than an lap top cooler, low profile
Cons: Not 100% quiet, but that's okay
Other Thoughts: A friend and fellow Home Theater enthusiast recommended this product to me. I use it in my H.T. gear rack. I was using it on an Onkyo TX-NR807 AV receiver. This thing has a tendency to get pretty warm while in use, the "lap top" cooler just sits on top of the AVR and presto, the AVR now runs very cool. The AVR measures 17" wide X 18" deep and this "cooler" sits toward the rear of the unit, over the HDMI board perfectly, and, having dual fans, the area is covered very efficiently!
If you listen very closely, you can hear it, but if you don't know it's there, you'd never guess I have a dual fan cooler doing it's job.
I've since upgraded to an Integra 70.4, I don't know if it gets warm or not, the Massive 14 has been on top of the new AVR since I've installed it's been nice and cool since day ONE!
Highly recommended, I have external power amplifiers as well, currently using small AVR fans however, I plan to upgrade to another one of these bad boys! It is efficient, quiet and I like it!
This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR807 7.2-Channel Black Home Theater Receiver
Pros: Pre-outs, Rated at 135w per 2ch, Audyssey, multiple listening modes, Ethernet port, plenty of analogue and HDMI connectivity, 7.2 availability, even more features
Cons: HDMI board failures
Other Thoughts: It may be a moot point by now for this model however, I have enjoyed my Onkyo 807 for around 5 yrs now! After 3 yrs, the HDMI board went south. Onkyo gave me an out of warranty fix, I was out of pocket only the cost of shipping one way. It's been a champ ever since. I run three amplifiers from this unit to power 5 speakers, the 807 powers the surrounds. I use my 807 daily whether it's blu rays, CD's or internet radio. For music, the 807 offers "Pure Audio" LOVE IT!!
Yes, it's true that Onkyo has had it's more than fair share of HDMI board failures, but when handled properly, Onkyo has taken care of their customers, I know of others beside myself, so my claim is accurate!!
And now, after 5 years of ownership, I'm ready to expand my theater to an 11.2, enter the Onkyo TX-NR3010, with my 807 still running strong, will retire it's H.T. duties to a 3.0 bedroom set up :) I have no interest in the new Dolby Atmos, but instead prefer the capabilities of Audyssey MultEQ XT32 offered with the 3010.
Hopefully, those with unfortunate HDMI failures will see this and ask Onkyo for a "one time out of warranty fix". This has been a great receiver, no need to let it go to waste over a very fixable scenario.
This review is from: Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single
Pros: Looks better in person, 2 sets of 5 way binding posts, "can" produce impressive bass.
Cons: None worth mentioning.
Other Thoughts: First of all, when the egg offers the super sale, you end up getting way more for your money!!
While owning these lovely speakers, I had the chance to experiment with; wiring, amplification and placement.
You can bi-wire, but don't expect a major difference, I ended up making homemade jumpers from 10awg wire and just running a single set of wires.
You can bi-amp from the AVR but again, don't expect an audible change worth writing home about.
Placement, for best results from a 10' listening distance, I spaced the 70's about 8' apart, pulled off the wall about 2.5' and toed them in so the axis crossed just behind my head. They imaged very well, providing depth and clarity at an exceptional level considering the price.
Power; these bad boys are hungry. I ran them off of my AVR and in stereo, they were fed right at 135wpc. I added an external amp providing 200wpc, and when the volume is cranked, I noticed more detail coming from the 70's.
Now, check this out. The 70's are rated at 275w. I demoed them for sale hooked up to an amp cranking out 300wpc. The Monitor 70's became a different speaker, the additional power did two things; 1) allowed the M70's to yield even more detail, impressive detail. 2) the M70's had a bass output that was felt in the floor.
Suddenly, I was hesitant to sell 'em, I was shocked and impressed with the sound that my speakers were making, so much that I told the buyer that I might have second thoughts. The buyer was equally impressed and quickly shelled out my asking price and was happy about it!!
Speakers are more likely to clip from being underpowered than over powered (get your read on with speaker clipping).
The Monitor 70's responded incredibly to the additional power. These speakers, in my set up, were primarily used for H.T, not that great for 2ch music, but when the power came on, they became a musical speaker that I hadn't heard before, the detail and depth just blew me away.
I used 12awg copper speaker wire and replaced the stock jumpers with 10awg copper speaker wire.
At retail prices, these speaker are highly recommended, at these incredible sale prices, I'm wondering, what the heck are you waiting for???